As I look back through my photos from TENT London, I am amazed to see the incredible assortment of eclectic excellence. Some companies showed impressive uses of technological advancements. I loved Ditto, a revolutionary new 3D modular product from Danish company 3form. The fabulous orange notwithstanding, I adored the unlimited level of customization this offered. From partitions or room dividers to wall features or art pieces, the variations are endless.
The majority of the producers, however, were focussed on more handmade or artisanal craftsmanship. Bodo Sperlein’s luminous ceramics for Nikko were beautiful. Another successful example of creative collaboration – between a British designer and Japanese company. I was particularly taken with the Blossom collection, a combination of east and west resulting in an organic grouping of beautiful floral inspired porcelain.
You can see the colors a bit better in these product shots from the company.
The translucency of the bone china also translated beautifully to these graceful Blossom pendant lights, a very popular trend at the shows.
Furniture ranged from the modern graphic shapes of Prague-based Jan Plechac‘s Icon chairs
to one of my very favorites, the REX chair by Slovenian designer Niko Kralj. Originally designed in 1952, the chair is part of a larger folding furniture collection. It is no surprise to me that it was chosen as part of the design collection at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. I can personally attest to its ergonomic comfort,
classic shape and beautiful colors with enamel-like finishes
and its practical space saving design
Another nod to the past was seen at London Timepiece, who carries an impressive collection of industrial and traditional clocks. The wall below represents just a tiny portion of the merchandise displayed at TENT London, much of which was sold. All the vintage items are hand restored, reclaiming their original beauty and character without losing the aged patina.
As mentioned yesterday, I found the lighting booths particularly interesting. TENT London commissioned three installations under the title TENT LOVES. My favorite of these was Studio Pepe Heykoop, the Dutch furniture design firm, whose environmentally conscious leather Skin Collection included fabulous lampshades.
Made from the “waste leather” of the furniture industry, the lampshades are produced in conjunction the Tiny Miracles Foundation in Mumbai, India, whose goal is to provide jobs to as many underprivileged people in the area as possible. With shapes reminiscent of old industrial lamps, the lambskin makes them not only tactile and beautiful but lightweight and foldable – old and new again!!
photo courtesy of Pepe Heykoop
A totally different feel was evident at the booth of designer Daniel Latorre Cruz. His amazing Icarus lights are created from handmade paper of mulberry trees. These light and elegant fixtures had a birdlike ethereal feel. Each feather-like “wing” is removable from the wire frame for cleaning and/or packing. Available in black or white, in a variety of sizes, these pieces would make a beautiful statement in almost any sort of space, successfully walking the line between their artisanal roots and elegant profile.
Look for a final round up of fresh designs from TENT London tomorrow.
18 thoughts on “Temptation from TENT London: Eclectic Excellence”
Love that blossom collection!
Clearly an amazing trip with many new discoveries. Sounds like it was very stimulating….and Stacy you look beautiful and very chic in that picture!!
I must accompany you on your next trip and be your side-kick sketch artist.
What amazing finds. You know how much I adore modernity. Looks like an amazing trip and it looks to agree with you…. sitting stylishly!
Love the light fixtures!!
The REX chair is marvelous – stylish and thrifty on space! You look wonderful relaxing in the chair. (~and in your favorite color!)
Such beautiful things. I especially love the dishes they’re so organic looking and the soft colors are beautiful.
Real statement pieces. Just love that. Know you had an amazing time with all of this eye candy. XO Mona
Such terrific examples of great design! Thanks for taking us with you on your tour. So many delightful things to see.
Thank you for sharing more wonderful discoveries. The Nikko pieces by Bodo Sperlein made my heart go pitter-pat, the undulating shapes remind me of Glidden styles from the mid-century minus the matte glaze, I think I like the glossy finish better. You do look fabulous in the REX chair, it is almost like it was made for you!
Sending you a smile,
It must have been hard to take it all in. Good thing you took photos so you could absorb it all later (and share with us). Those Blossom lights are very pretty.
love the dishes–soft color and so sculptural wouldn’t they make a gorgeous table scape?!
Love those clocks and those chairs look great – and I can see….pretty comfy! :) Love seeing a shot of you in this post!!
The floral inspired porcelain is stunning!
How’s your head? Full of ideas from the V&A and TENT I’m sure. You saw so many incredible things.
You must still be pinching yourself. You covered a lot of beautiful territory,q!
Thank you for sharing another perfect day.
Q, these are my kind of colors. Love the shapes too. So interesting. Do not know how you find all these wonderful things. xx’s
slightly dying over the famille summerbelle maps. have wanted one for longest time… not for a kids room, but for my own!
I have manage to get REX lounge chair and I enjoy my morning coffe in it, sometimes I just sit next to it and look at it … i love it !